UK Outstanding Security Performance Awards 2018 winners announced

The UK Outstanding Security Performance Awards (OSPAs) event took place at the Royal Lancaster Hotel in central London on the evening of Thursday 1 March. Over 400 security professionals gathered to celebrate outstanding performance from across the business sector, with dinner and a presentation hosted by Mick Creedon QPM, the recently-retired Chief Constable of Derbyshire Constabulary.

OSPAs founder Professor Martin Gill CSyP FSyI commented: “This year saw a significant rise in the quality and number of entries received. All finalists should feel very proud. The judging process is strict and robust. Each judge marks independently against a set of criteria and commits to declaring any conflict of interest. Each entry must achieve a fixed score threshold to become a finalist, ensuring consistent quality right across the competition. This means that all of our finalists – individuals, teams and companies – have demonstrated outstanding performance of the highest level.”

UK OSPAs 2018: the winners

*Outstanding In-House Security Manager/Director: David Cox (Andrews International)

*Outstanding In-House Security Team: adidas Profit Protection Team

*Outstanding Contract Security Company: VSG

*Outstanding Security Consultant: Alexander Pennington (Protectus Security Solutions)

*Outstanding Customer Service Initiative: G4S Street Ambassadors

*Outstanding Security Training Initiative: FGH Security

*Outstanding Security Installer: WASP Security

*Outstanding Event Security Team: Atomic Weapons Establishment FD17 Security Team

*Outstanding Security Partnership: CornerStone and Google ‘Partnering for Excellence’

*Outstanding Cyber Security Initiative: Kier Group Information Security Team

*Outstanding Security Equipment Manufacturer: Brisant Secure

*Outstanding Security Officer: Muhammad Fahim (Mitie Total Security Management)

*Outstanding Young Security Professional: Jade Davies (CIS Security)

*Lifetime Achievement Award: Don Randall MBE

The event organisers would like to thank all those that helped to make the event a success, including supporters The Security Commonwealth, SASIG and ASIS International’s UK Chapter, sponsors Babcock MSS (headline sponsor), ADS, ICTS Consult, the National Security Inspectorate, Secured by Design, The Security Company (International) and The Security Institute (category sponsors), Edith Cowan University (trophies and certificates), International Security Expo (drinks reception) and media partners including Risk UK, and

The OSPAs are currently running in eight countries and are being set up in collaboration with security associations and groups from across the globe. More information can be found online at

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Brian Sims BA (Hons) Hon FSyI, Editor, Risk UK (Pro-Activ Publications) Beginning his career in professional journalism at The Builder Group in March 1992, Brian was appointed Editor of Security Management Today in November 2000 having spent eight years in engineering journalism across two titles: Building Services Journal and Light & Lighting. In 2005, Brian received the BSIA Chairman’s Award for Promoting The Security Industry and, a year later, the Skills for Security Special Award for an Outstanding Contribution to the Security Business Sector. In 2008, Brian was The Security Institute’s nomination for the Association of Security Consultants’ highly prestigious Imbert Prize and, in 2013, was a nominated finalist for the Institute's George van Schalkwyk Award. An Honorary Fellow of The Security Institute, Brian serves as a Judge for the BSIA’s Security Personnel of the Year Awards and the Securitas Good Customer Award. Between 2008 and 2014, Brian pioneered the use of digital media across the security sector, including webinars and Audio Shows. Brian’s actively involved in 50-plus security groups on LinkedIn and hosts the popular Risk UK Twitter site. Brian is a frequent speaker on the conference circuit. He has organised and chaired conference programmes for both IFSEC International and ASIS International and has been published in the national media. Brian was appointed Editor of Risk UK at Pro-Activ Publications in July 2014 and as Editor of The Paper (Pro-Activ Publications' dedicated business newspaper for security professionals) in September 2015. Brian was appointed Editor of Risk Xtra at Pro-Activ Publications in May 2018.

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